1 in 4 community college students studies at a California college. Meet the man in charge of them

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California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley knows firsthand the importance of receiving both an affordable, quality education and the proper guidance during those years. After serving in the Army following high school and then transferring from Golden West College to UC Irvine, Oakley ultimately became the first Latino to serve as Chancellor for the largest system of higher education in the country while also sitting on the board of Regents for the University of California. He opens up to host Giselle Fernandez about the initiatives he's implemented in order to ensure students receive the best education possible — one of which aims to eliminate inequities and achievement gaps so that college is more accessible, diverse and affordable. Oakley also discusses the challenges community college students have faced in the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has actually helped shine a light on problems communities have faced all along — such as limited broadband access.

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